Anna's Reviews > Towers Falling
When the towers fell I knew that someone would need to write a book about it but could not conceive of how one would do such a thing. Time would need to pass so that the book wouldn't be didactic and preachy, or frightening, or overly sad—fifteen years in fact. That's the premise of Towers Falling. Fifteen years have passed and now there are a whole group of middle grade students who live in the shadows of what used to be the towers but some of them don't know the event even happened. Our main character Déja is one of those students. Unbeknownst to her, she and her family are more connected to that event in history than she can ever imagine. Themes of familial love, loss, and friendship permeate the book. Rhodes does a particularly good job using the classroom setting to present how the past affects the present and the future, and how historical events connect us all without being too teachy. She does a great job with creating a whole cast of characters (classmates, families, teachers, and more) who read as unique.
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